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Archives: November 2005

A Misapprehension of On Demand

Posted by: Jon Fine on November 29

Am I totally wrong here, or is TiVo's idea to make TV ads searchable a screwy misunderstanding of what on-demand is? TiVo's move is based around an advertiser's ego-move--the assumption...

Wish We'd Thought Of It First Department

Posted by: Jon Fine on November 28

While I was gone last week,'s Jack Shafer posted this amazing future autopsy on where Google went wrong. While in Shafer's scenario both Amazon and Google hubris play a...

Vacation Rears Its Head

Posted by: Jon Fine on November 18

I'm going to be out of the country until late on Saturday, November 26 and likely will not have the opportunity (or technology) to blog. In other words: Things are...

Celebrity Mags: At Long Last, The Backlash?

Posted by: Jon Fine on November 15

TV Guide's celeb-weekly offshoot Inside TV, which launched in April, was put out of its misery today. At long last, the air is going out of this bubble. In 1999,...

Knight Ridder Makes It Official

Posted by: Jon Fine on November 14

Sort-of confirming an earlier report (in one of its own newspapers!) that was sort-of retracted later* Knight Ridder announced today it will explore "strategic alternatives." The company will be all...

Miller vs. New York Times: The PR Wars

Posted by: Jon Fine on November 11

Last night: Former Times reporter Judy Miller goes on CNN's Larry King Live. Current Times Publisher Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr. goes on PBS' Charlie Rose. Subtext: Judy Miller takes her...

(Actually) Throwing Judy From The Train

Posted by: Jon Fine on November 09

New York Times announces, with a terseness preventing the use of commas, that Judy Miller "has chosen to retire effective immediately." Full statement, all three paragraphs of it, after the...

Another Terrifying Marketing Coinage

Posted by: Jon Fine on November 09

If the mere sound of the word 'metrosexual' made your teeth hurt . . . well is now touting the rise of the 'metrospiritual:' >>> the kinder, gentler post-Yuppies...

Grumpy Old Man Of The Day, Part 2

Posted by: Jon Fine on November 08

My most recent BusinessWeek column is about George Lois. Lois, who's had a hell of a life, managed to be at the epicenter of the ad world in the '60's...

Newspaper Circulation: The Good(?) News

Posted by: Jon Fine on November 08

The latest circulation results for newspapers, courtesy of Audit Bureau of Circulations, reveal an interesting tiering effect. The biggest-of-the-big held on reasonably well; the major metros just below them got...

Grumpy Old Man of the Day, Part One

Posted by: Jon Fine on November 07

Brilliant Career Repositionings, part 458: The 75-year-old Ed Asner as an extremely dyspeptic, ultra-rich old guy, thanks to his star turns on Curb Your Enthusiasm and last night's debut episode...

Son of Plamegate: The Movie

Posted by: Jon Fine on November 03

Almost everyone who emailed about this casting thinks that Catherine Keener signifies "soft Judy" rather than "hard Judy." And one source close enough to the situation insists that only Judy...

iPod and TV

Posted by: Jon Fine on November 02

There's a lot to be said about this, but, well, it's hard to do it more succinctly than Jeff Jarvis just did: >>> More evidence of exploding broadcast: : 1...

Knight Ridder Agonistes

Posted by: Jon Fine on November 02

A major newspaper investor is rattling his saber, loudly, over at Knight Ridder. That investor--Bruce Sherman, who heads up Private Capital Management LP-- just got a hell of a lot...

The One Thing To Watch For At Dow Jones

Posted by: Jon Fine on November 02

The good news is that Dow Jones' stock outperformed market indices in the last week of October. The bad news is it's hard to tell whether this was driven by...


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